Elbow pain on the serve.

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  1. Kobble

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    Is it a product of not keeping the arm loose enough. My elbow is killing me the last two serve sessions.
     
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  2. Anonymous

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    yes, and if your motion is not smooth
     
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  3. James Brown

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    i know how you feel, i had that **** big time. ive been off tennis for a while now, i feel healed..im gonna try to get some court time in this week (if it stops ******* raining..goddamn montreal). My serve killed me.

    My problem was not making proper contact with a smooth motion and loose arm. Make sure you arent swinging down, thats what i used to do. just slapping the ball any ol way isnt a good idea. make sure you get the nice 'pitcher's throw' motion going.

    rest it a bit, and try videotaping your motion and throwing it up here (like im gonna do in the coming few days, providing THE ******* RAIN STOPS :>)

    Good luck man, I wish you pain free tennis

    P.S. Do you have the william james sidis book, the prodigy? or did you hear about him somewhere else? Also why use that quote..it doesnt really mean anything...explain it to me? Thanks :>
     
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  4. Kobble

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    James Brown, the WJS qoute that I post signifies WJS's belief that the only thing constant is change. I do believe change is the essence of everything. It may be one of the most fundamental statements that can be made about everything. Unforunately, I don't have his book, but I have learned about him from many different sources. I am by no means an expert on his work, but I did enjoy reading about his development and personality.

    Getting back to my elbow. It only takes about an hour for the pain to go away, and then it is like it never hurt to begin with. I know it is a technique problem, and it is caused because I am trying to correct a problem of squaring the racquet up early. It led to a loss of power over time, because it went unnoticed. Now the power is starting to come back with the new technique, but pain has showed up with it. What made me believe that it could be gripping the racquet too hard was the fact that I started squeezing the handle to much on my backhand, and the result was less pop. It seemed my body got trained into gripping things tightly because of the weightlifting I have been doing, and it slowly transferred to my backhand. I had to practice hitting backhands with a very loose grip to get the power back. So I say to myself, if it can happen on the backhand, then why not the serve. When I was serving my biggest, I swung the racquet from a very loose shoulder. Now, it feels a little more forced. I am definitely not as flexible in the shoulders as I was for that stretch of time, and I was not weight training at all. Basically, I was wondering if anyone had elbow pain that was caused by too much tension in the motion, and if they solved it by swinging the racquet looser. I am sure it is a matter of working out the bugs. I wonder how many hours this one is going to take to work out. Well, sorry about the long explanation.
     
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  5. C_Urala

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    Recently I got this elbow pain as well (or rather as not well). I'm not sure it is always because of too much tension. I hold the racquet with four fingers and it's almost impossible to hold the racquet too tightly with such grip.
    The pain appeared when I began to learn topspin serve. You know there is that pronation motion. I feel pain even when I imitate the serving motion without a ball. Just in the end of pronation, the elbow is pointed upward and it feels switched off. I think that this elbow pain is rather due to many offcenter hits.
    BTW, if you have 1HBH, you should NOT have "very loose grip".
     
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